VICTORIA, B.C., Feb. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Approximately 16,000 resident hunters have signed a petition calling on the Province of B.C. to rescind controversial changes to the Wildlife Allocation Policy announced on December 10, 2014. The changes give a larger share of Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) permits to guide-outfitting businesses which service wealthy foreign hunters for a fee.
The petition, which has been signed by 15,931 B.C. residents, will be tabled in the Legislature by Dr. Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay – Gordon Head, on Monday, March 2 following question period around 2:30 p.m. Representatives from the B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF) will be available at the Legislature for comment.
Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced minor changes to the Wildlife Allocation Policy on February 6th, 2015 in an effort to appease outraged resident hunters. The B.C. Wildlife Federation characterized these changes as "minor tinkering" that did not go far enough to address the fundamental issue of privatizing a public resource.
BCWF is asking the B.C. government to restore the historical wildlife allocation splits between resident hunters and guide-outfitters that were specified in the 2007 Wildlife Allocation Policy.
Disgruntled hunters will hold a rally on the steps of the Legislature between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on March 2, 2015.
SOURCE B.C. Wildlife Federation
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